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BIOGRAPHY OF DEWITT A. MORROW

This biography was possible through the generous consideration of Mrs. Gina M. Reasoner.  

Email:  greasoner@prodigy.net

Source:  History of Ohio, The American Historical Society, Inc., 1925 Volume IV, page 194:

DEWITT A. MORROW. Few professions call for the exercise of so much tact and consideration as does that of mortician, for those engaged in this calling are brought into contact with people at a time when sorrow and affliction have prostrated them, and they require a consideration not demanded under ordinary conditions. The funeral director who meets the requirements of his patrons is the one whose services are most in demand, and Youngstown is the home of several men of high standing whose efforts have been concentrated in providing dignified and suitable surroundings for those claimed by death. One of them is DeWitt A. Morrow, manager for the old and reliable house of Orr & Sons, funeral directors, and whose apprenticeship was passed under the watchful supervision of his maternal grandfather and uncle, prominent undertakers of Grove City, Pennsylvania. DeWitt A. Morrow was born at Grove City, Pennsylvania, May 18, 1885, a son of David M. and Jessie (Black) Morrow, natives of Pennsylvania. For a number of years David M. Morrow was one of the leading merchants of Grove City, but he died in 1912, survived by his widow, who resides at Youngstown, Ohio. While still attending the public schools of his native place DeWitt A. Morrow began working for his Grandfather Black, and continued with him and his uncle until 1905, during which time he learned his profession thoroughly. In that year he came to Youngstown, and, entering the employ of Orr & Son, has continued with this firm ever since, becoming, as before stated, its manager. On December 23, 1908, Mr. Morrow was married to Miss Lizzie McKeown, who was born at Youngstown, a daughter of Andrew and Eliza Jane (McMasters) McKeown, both of whom were born near Belfast County Antrim, Ireland. Mr. and Mrs. Morrow have one son, Andrew Lee, who was born May 18, 1910. Mr. Morrow belongs to the United Presbyterian Tabernacle Church. In political matters he is independent, preferring to support the man rather than the party. He belongs to the Masonic fraternity, the Grotto, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and the Kiwanis Club, and served the latter body as a director during a period of three years.